Graduation Requirements for Students who entered in August 2014 and thereafter

To be eligible for a Juris Doctor degree, a student must have:

  • received course credit for 90 credit hours, with a minimum of 65 credit hours in regularly scheduled class sessions;
  • satisfactorily completed all required courses, the Upper-Level Writing Requirement, the Skills Requirement, the Drafting Course Requirement, and Critical Practice Skills III;
  • attained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0;
  • completed at least 30 hours of pro bono work under the Pro Bono Program;
  • fulfilled the Professionalism Series Requirement;
  • fulfilled the Charleston School of Law residency requirement; and,
  • conducted himself or herself as a fit candidate for admission to the bar.

For Students Entering in Fall 2017 and Thereafter, the below is also required:

All students must successfully complete a diagnostic exam prior to graduation. A student may not begin taking the exam until the student successfully completes sixty (60) credit hours.

Good Standing

A “Student in Good Standing” means a student who is in compliance with all graduation requirements of the Charleston School of Law.

Computation of Graduation Credits

In computing the required number of credits for graduation, several limitations apply:

  • Absent approval in writing from Chair of the Academic Standards Committee, no student may count more than twelve [12] credit hours earned in courses graded on a Pass/Fail basis toward the total number of hours required for graduation;
    • Credits earned in the Bar Preparation Course and Critical Practice Skills III are exempt from this limit;
  • No more than a total of four of the credit hours required for graduation may be in the form of Law Journal, Moot Court, or Independent Study credit; and,
  • No more than six of the credit hours required for graduation may be in the form of externship credit.